The Auburn Tigers’ 2011 schedule continues this week with a home game against Samford. The Bulldogs will offer a respite from the parade of ranked teams the Tigers have faced in their SEC schedule, but the likely win won’t provide much else.
The Bulldogs, coached by Auburn legend Pat Sullivan, are a decent FCS team, but shouldn’t offer much competition to the Tigers. They will head to Auburn to play their last game of the season with a 6-4 record and a 4-4 mark in the Southern Conference.
Auburn will need to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Georgia that knocked them out of the polls. Unfortunately, this kind of game is a bit of a no-win situation.
If the Tigers win with ease, nobody will be impressed due to playing an FCS opponent. Obviously, Auburn could also win with a sluggish performance which will do little for confidence with a game against Alabama next on the slate. Either way it won’t do much for their bowl positioning or do anything to get the Tigers back in the Top 25.
Then there is the slim, but possible chance that the Tigers lose. Obviously this would be a disaster for the program and put a damper on the 2011 season.
The challenge for Auburn this Saturday will be to take care of business against Samford, stay healthy and start to focus on Alabama. While few off-field benefits will come with a win over the Bulldogs, Auburn can use this game as a chance to gain some momentum and maybe give some players a little more experience while looking towards 2012.